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The Spy Next Door (2010)

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Former C.I.A. spy Bob Ho takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend's three kids, who haven't exactly warmed to their mom's beau.

Director:

Brian Levant

Writers:

Jonathan Bernstein (screenplay), James Greer (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Bob Ho
Amber Valletta ... Gillian
Madeline Carroll ... Farren
Will Shadley ... Ian
Alina Foley ... Nora
Magnús Scheving ... Anton Poldark (as Magnus Scheving)
Billy Ray Cyrus ... Colton James
George Lopez ... Glaze
Katherine Boecher ... Creel
Mia Stallard ... Cute Girl
Maverick McWilliams Maverick McWilliams ... Chad
Quinn Mason Quinn Mason ... Carl
Margaret Murphy ... Mom
Esodie Geiger ... Principal
Arron Shiver ... Scientist
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Storyline

Former CIA spy Bob Ho takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend's three kids (who haven't exactly warmed to their mom's beau). When one of the youngsters accidentally downloads a top-secret formula, Bob's longtime nemesis, a Russian terrorist, pays a visit to the family. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Part spy, part babysitter, all hero. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Production Notes

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spy Next Door See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,877,043, 17 January 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,268,828, 28 February 2010
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Brian Levant's enthusiasm for this movie was echoed by Screenwriter Gregory Poirier, who was a long-time fan of Jackie Chan, and who even had previously pitched a script specifically for Chan to star in during the late 1990s . Poirier said: "Writing for Jackie Chan is a dream come true for me." See more »

Goofs

Bob uses a laser to cut out a section of the grate. Although the laser moves in a circular motion, the bars are cut in a straight line. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nora: Mom! Jethro's eating my underwear!
[pronounced 'unduweahw']
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes from the film play during the end credits. See more »

Connections

Features The Tuxedo (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Secret Agent Man
Written by Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan (as Phil Sloan)
Performed by Johnny Rivers
Courtesy of Soul City Records, Inc.
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Chan Plays a Cool Funny Spy in a Done-to-Death Story
18 May 2010 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

OK, where story is concerned, there's nothing new here. Chan plays a spy on the verge of retirement because he wants to settle down with his girlfriend Gillian (Amber Valetta) and her annoying kids. Now the kids hate Chan and Gillian has to leave for a couple of days in order to spend some time with her ailing father. So who offers to look after the kids? It's not hard to see how clichéd the story is but it is Jackie Chan with his creative stunts who makes this a fun watch. The actor's flair for comedy has become common knowledge and he is as energetic as ever. Moreover, his pairing with the beautiful Valetta is refreshing. Valetta doesn't get much to do other than play the usual girlfriend/divorcée/mom of three but she holds her own. The rest of the cast is forgettable. The child actors are initially very annoying. They sort of grow on you as the film proceeds. Overall, the film is nothing out of the ordinary. It doesn't even compare to a majority Chan's superior works but at best it's an amusing one-time watch.


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